Tuesday 19 January 2010

Your opinions about Amazon Associates, please!

Would anyone object to Blogging Pompeii being linked to Amazon Associates? What this means is that contributors could search for and link directly to books on Amazon.com from the 'New Post' page, without having to search for the relevant information on other websites and then cutting and pasting to BP. For example, here are three books that have been featured on BP in recent months:

Readers can link directly to Amazon for further details about each book, and can purchase it there if they wish.
My question to you is this: do you think this is a useful time-saving tool for the site, or would you prefer not to promote Amazon in this way? In the interests of full disclosure, you should know that I would earn a very small commission for any books sold this way, but that I would use any money made to develop BP further and not for personal gain!


Hilary Cool said...

Personally I'd have no objection. I increasingly end up buying books on Amazon anyway, and the idea that my purchase might generate a little bit of money to help develop the blog - or even to buy you a decent bottle of wine to sustain you as you take time to post things - seems a good one. Hilary Cool

Sera Baker said...

Hi Jo,
I'm of the same opinion as Hilary, but wondering if there is any way that it can also link to Amazon.co.uk for those of us working in Europe?

Sarah said...

I don't object to using Amazon, but I usually find that www.bookdepository.co.uk has better prices and FREE DELIVERY! Perhaps we could sometimes check that readers are getting the best deals, and continue to highlight book sales from other sellers...

Jo Berry said...

It's more the ease of reference that attracts me to Amazon. You don't have to search for any of the details about the book, just post it (and then people can buy it from wherever they want!). But not everything will always be available from Amazon (Barry Hobson's BAR vol is an example), and I take your point about highlighting other booksellers too. BTW, Sera, there is no way (that I can see) of linking to Amazon.co.uk.

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